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April 23, 1962
THE PROOF, PLEASE Championship Sports Inc., the promoters, expect Floyd Patterson to defend his title against Sonny Listen in New York in September. It should be one of the most exciting fights in years and will make lots of money for all concerned. We deplore only the" assumption that the fight can take place before it has been demonstrated—beyond any question—that Liston is free of hoodlum control.
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April 23, 1962


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Philadelphia: Mayor James H.Tate.

Los Angeles: Mrs. Walter O'Malley ( Dodgers); Farm Team Pitcher Angel Macias, former star of the Monterrey, Mexico Little League team, who threw to Mayor Sam Yorty ( Angels).

Minnesota: Governor Elmer L. Anderson.

Cleveland: Mayor Anthony J. Celebrezze pitched from mound to Senator Frank Lausche. First pitch went over Lausche's head but he hit next one toward left field.

Pittsburgh: Hall of Famer Harold (Pie) Traynor.

Baltimore: Mayor J. Harold Grady.

Detroit: Mayor Jerome P. Cavanagh and Governor John B. Swainson showed up for joint act. Crowd booed. Because of bad weather, act was called off. Crowd cheered.


Strange are the ways of notoriety, and once a man gets it he's apt to think it has a future. Sal Durante, who caught Roger Maris' 61st home run ball last fall, then was paid $5,000 for the ball by a San Francisco restaurateur and got married on the proceeds, was planning to be an attraction at the Seattle World's Fair, where he was to try to catch a ball tossed off the 660-foot Space Needle for a $1,000 fee.

Durante told the Seattle Times that he would soon go into spring training. His site: a 374-foot-high gas tank on New York's Coney Island, from which a ball will be dropped. Sal intended to wear a catcher's mask. Dr. Kenneth C. Clark, professor of physics at the University of Washington, estimated that the baseball's journey from the top of the Space Needle to Sal's mitt would have taken 6.1 seconds and that the ball would be doing about 130 mph at impact, roughly half a hundred miles an hour more than Maris' ball traveled. Dr. Clark's velocity count made the authorities think twice, and the stunt was called off. "I think," said Clark, "a set of teeth is worth much more than $1,000."

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